Time after time, the party of the Republicans try to portray themselves as protectors of the law, the rights champions of the masses. Yet time after time, they push through bills that are blatantly unconstitutional.
Is it that they don't know better or is it that they like to hear themselves talk -- even if it means the courts ultimately tell them to shut up?
Case in point (one of many) -- the Wisconsin assembly (Republican run) passed an anti-abortion bill. No surprise there. Even knowing that this bill flies in the face of the rights upheld under the Roe v Wade SCOTUS decision, they figured they'd do it anyway. And the governor almost tripped over himself rushing to sign it. He hadn't read it because there wasn't time. He couldn't wait to drop his John Hancock upon it along with the state's great seal. With his signature, he proved he was a full-fledged, certified, right-wing conservative. Tea-party, here he comes.
It was only a matter of time that this bill, signed so proudly by Scott Walker, would come in front of a federal judge. He knew it. The Republican legislature knew it. And the judge knew it. He would rule against the bill.
So goes the political calculations of Governor Walker. He has aspirations to be president and to get his party's nomination, he's NOT going to let a simple SCOTUS finding stand in his way. All of the press covering this case puts his name out there, framed with the conservative stamp of approval.
And that's the modus operandi of the GOP potential candidates. The more outrageous and egregious the bills are that they sign, the more the press covers them. Oscar Wilde is credited with the concept of all publicity is good publicity. The only thing worse than being talked about is NOT being talked about. Well, Oscar, it's that season -- pre-declaring your candidacy season. Time to test the waters.
So there is the answer to the question of why these governors do and say stupid things. Whether it's Christie, Walker, Bob McDonald, Rick Perry or Bobby Jindal. They say and do the outrageous, just so you'll know their names. Now if only they'd do the right things, and be known for that, we'd appreciate them and take them more seriously.
Instead we get this: